PG | | Drama, Mystery
Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
Dame Diana Rigg and Dame Maggie Smith have children who appeared together in another production based on a Dame Agatha Christie novel. Rachael Stirling (Rigg's daughter) and Toby Stephens (Smith's son) appeared in Poirot (1989) season nine, episode one, "Five Little Pigs".
There she goes, not a care in the world.
Odell Gardener: I'll make her care.
Myra Gardener: Oh, what do you know about care? If it had been up to you, the good Samaritan would have passed by on the other side.
Odell Gardener: I have an idea but I need to work it out.
Myra Gardener: Yeah, well don't forget ...
Patrick Redfern could not have planned in advance that anybody (in this case Myra Gardener) would ask for a ride with him in the boat and then be his essential witness. I have not read the novel and don't know if the same mistake is found in the book, but it is a big hole in the film scenario.
The opening credits feature watercolors by British architect and artist, Sir Hugh Casson, who taught Prince Charles to paint. The titles for each actor feature an item of costume, prop or setting relevant to their character and those for the production team are similarly themed.
English, German, French
$1,690,774 (USA) (7 March 1982)